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come from? >> guest: well, my first political involvement was in the civil rights movement, where i came along at a time when if you were young and idealistic and in the south, that was--you pretty much were drawn to that. c-span: but what got you interested in that? what--what kind of a--what was the home like? >> guest: my family is quite conservative. my father is, i would say, extremely conservative. i--it was--it--it--it... c-span: is he alive? >> guest: yes, he is. my mama, bless her heart, passed on. i sometimes think it may have been my mother's fault. my mother tried--she--she was certainly, i assure you without success, to drill good manners into my head. and in some ways i think that manners are just a formal expression of how you treat people. and in--the way black people were treated before the civil rights movement, it was clear to me, was very wrong. it was an easy call. c-span: were they political conservatives, ideological conservatives, your parents? >> guest: yeah. both republicans, lifelong. c-span: you write a column about your mom. it's the last thing in the bo
family. my parents are irish immigrants my dad's a civil engineer. and when my mom was pregnant with me, my dad decided, "let's go to san francisco for a year, get a job," and my mother... c-span: right from ireland. >> guest: straight from ireland, from county cork. it used to sound very romantic to me. now it sounds really impulsive. my mom had one child at that point, so they went for what was going to be a year and they ended up staying there. they're still there. my mom fell in love with california and... c-span: how many kids in the family? >> guest: six -- five girls, one boy. c-span: and then where did you go to college? >> guest: i went to college at berkeley, which is across the bay from where i was raised. my step-daughter's is there now c-span: studied what? >> guest: i studied rhetoric and economics. i started out being an economics major because i thought i wanted to go to law school, discovered, in fact, that i really loved the study of rhetoric, which is one of the the most ancient faculties, and decided to just do both. c-span: and how did you get to the washington post
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